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The tallest trees – Top 10

The highest tree species – Top 10

If you had an idea that the highest trees in the world are redwoods, you really were right. Open question, are we aware that among them there are trees, whose leaves are a favorite delicacy of koala’s “bear” i.e. eucalyptus?


Among the giant trees you can also find species that occur in Europe, although here they do not reach such impressive sizes. It is, among others, Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), which is the one of the tallest tree in Europe (it is almost 70 meters high), but it can reach up to 100 m.

A reliable measurement of the height of the tallest trees is done with a tape that deliver climbers to the top.

Height of trees

The heights of the tallest trees in the world have been the subject of serious disputes. Modern verified measurement methods using laser rangefinders, as well as measurements made by means of a tape launched from the top of trees to their bottom by climbers, have shown that some of the older measurement methods and earlier measurements are often unreliable.

The height of trees previously estimated was 5% to 15% higher than their actual height. Historical data about trees 130 and even 150 meters high are now considered unreliable. Historical records of felled trees measured on the ground are considered a bit more reliable (although as we know even from articles on the size of dinosaurs such as Amphicoelias), the pursuit of fame is often so great that these data could be falsified as in the case of a fisherman and a laaarge fish ).

Below are the tallest tree species in the world, whose height is widely accepted in the scientific community. The data in the tables concerning specific trees sometimes gently differ, because it results from various measurements that have been made for these trees.

Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens): 115.92 m (380.3 ft), Hyperion, Redwood National Park, California, USA. The highest tree in the world.

The tallest trees – Top 10

NoTree speciesHeight [m]Height [ft]Location
1Sequoia sempervirens (Coast redwood)115.72380Hyperion, Redwood National Park, Redwood National Park, United States
114.97377Helios, RNP, Redwood National Park, United States
111.71367Rockefeller Tree, Upper Bull Creek, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Weott, United States
2Pseudotsuga menziesii (Coast Douglas-fir)99.76327Doerner Fir, Brummit Creek, Brummit Creek, United States
83.82275Jackson Creek, Forks, United States
73.8242Red Creek Tree, San Juan River, Port Renfrew, Canada
3Eucalyptus regnans (Mountain ash)99.6327Centurion, Forêts près de Tahune Airwalk, Tahune Airwalk, Australia
64.9213King Regnans, Palace Hotel of Bussaco, Luso, Portugal
39.2129California State Capitol Museum, Sacramento, United States
4Sequoiadendron giganteum(Giant sequoia)95.8314Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest, United States
86.2283Genesis, Balch Park, Mountain Home Demonstration Forest, United States
85279General Sherman, Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park, United States
5Shorea faguetiana (Yellow meranti)93305Ulu Purut Research Station, Danum Valley Conservation Area, Malaysia
89.5294Matiku, Maliau Basin Conservation Area, Malaysia
63.2207Simpang Tualang, Taman Negara, Malaysia
6Picea sitchensis (Sitka spruce)84.2276Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, United States
84276Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, United States
64210Bank of the River Findhorn, Forres, United Kingdom
7Pinus lambertiana (Sugar pine)83.45274Contrefort du Sierra Nevada, Unknown, United States
70.4231North Grove, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, United States
66.4218North Grove, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, United States
8Tsuga heterophylla (Western hemlock)83.34273Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Orick, United States
56184Puck’s Glen, Benmore, United Kingdom
55.5182Puck’s Glen, Benmore, United Kingdom
9Pinus ponderosa (Ponderosa pine)81.9269Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest, Medford, United States
71233My father, Yosemite National park, Unknown, United States
66.2217Upper campground, Yosemite National Park, United States
10Entandrophragma excelsum (E. excelsum)81.5267Gorge south of Kilimanjaro National Park, Barangata, Tanzania
11Chamaecyparis lawsoniana(Lawson’s cypress)81.08266The park, Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park, United States
69.8229Elk Creek, Powers, United States
41135Parc des Thermes, Lurbe, France
12Eucalyptus diversicolor (Karri)73240Karri Knight, Valle de Canas, Valle de Canas, Portugal
13Koompassia excelsa (Tualang)69.3227Sungai Tahan, Taman Negara, Malaysia
66.5218Simpang Tualang, Taman Negara, Malaysia
64210Simpang Tualang, Taman Negara, Malaysia
14Eucalyptus globulus (Tasmanian blue gum)68223Río Landro, Viveiro, Spain
66.45218Stern Grove park, San Francisco, United States
65213El Abuelo, Río Landro, Viveiro, Spain
15Eucalyptus saligna (Sydney blue gum)65213Barrington Tops National Park, Barrington Tops National Park, Australia
65213Barrington Tops National Park, Barrington Tops National Park, Australia
16Pterygota excelsa (P. excelsa)64.5212Piedras Blancas National Park, La Gamba, Costa Rica
17Hopea beccariana (H. beccariana)64.2211Big Tree, Forest at the northern top of the island near Ao Kian beach, Ko Yao Noi, Thailand
18Abies grandis (Grand fir)63.5208Reelig Glen, Moniack, Inverness, United Kingdom
63207Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, United Kingdom
62.5205Ardkinglas Woodland Garden, Inveraray, United Kingdom
19Gyranthera caribensis (G. caribensis)63.43208El Piè Grande, Amazonian rainforest, Orqueta, Venezuela
20Abies concolor (White fir)62.6205Tenaya Creek, Mirror Lake trail, Yosemite National Park, United States
54177Benmore botanic garden, Benmore, United Kingdom
54177Loch Faskally, Pitlochry, United Kingdom
Doerner Fir tree : 99.7 m (327 ft)

The tallest trees by species – Top 10

SpeciesHeightTree nameLocation
MetersFeet
Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)115.92380.3HyperionRedwood National Park, California, United States
Mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans)99.82327.5CenturionArve Valley, Tasmania, Australia
Coast Douglas-fir(Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii)99.7327Doerner FirBrummit Creek, Coos County, Oregon, United States
Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis)96.7317Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, United States
Giant sequoia(Sequoiadendron giganteum)95.7314Sequoia National Forest, California, United States
Yellow meranti (Shorea faguetiana)94.1309Danum Valley Conservation Area, in Sabah on the island of Borneo
Manna gum (Eucalyptus viminalis)91299White KnightEvercreech Forest Reserve, Tasmania, Australia
Southern blue gum(Eucalyptus globulus)90.7298Tasmania, Australia
Alpine ash (Eucalyptus delegatensis)87.9288Tasmania, Australia
Brown top stringbark(Eucalyptus obliqua)86282King StringyTasmania, Australia.
Mengaris (Koompassia excelsa)85.76281.4Tawau Hills National Park, in Sabah on the island of Borneo
Shorea argentifolia84.85278.4Gaharu ridge of Tawau Hills National Park, in Sabah on the island of Borneo.
Shorea superba84.41276.9Gergassi Ridge of Tawau Hills National Park, in Sabah on the island of Borneo.
Shining gum (Eucalyptus nitens)84.3277O’Shannassy Catchment, Victoria, Australia.
Sugar pine (Pinus lambertiana)83.45273.8near Yosemite National Park, California, United States.
Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla)83.34273.4was discovered in November 2014 by Mario Vaden and Chris Atkins in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, United States.
Hopea nutans82.82271.7Gaharu ridge of Tawau Hills National Park, in Sabah on the island of Borneo.
Shorea johorensis82.39270.3Coco-Park boundary of Tawau Hills National Park, in Sabah on the island of Borneo.
Shorea smithiana82.27269.9Coco-Park boundary of Tawau Hills National Park, in Sabah on the island of Borneo.
Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa)81.77268.3in Myers Creek drainage of Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest, Oregon, United States.
Entandrophragma excelsum81.5267at Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Sydney blue gum(Eucalyptus saligna)81.5267Woodbush State Forest, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo, South Africa. The world’s tallest planted tree.
Grand fir (Abies grandis)81.4267in the Glacier Peak Wilderness, Washington, United States.
Shorea gibbosa81.11266.1River Flats of Tawau Hills National Park, in Sabah on the island of Borneo.
Lawson cypress(Chamaecyparis lawsoniana)81.08266.0In Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California, United States.
General Sherman is a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, in the U.S. state of California. 83.8 m (274.9 ft).

The largest trees by trunk volume

SpeciesTrunk volumeTree nameLocation
Cubic MetersCubic Feet
Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum)1,48752,500General ShermanSequoia National Park
Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)1,084.538,300Grogan’s FaultRedwood National Park
Kauri (Agathis australis)51618,200Tāne MahutaWaipoua Forest, New Zealand
Western redcedar (Thuja plicata)44915,900Cheewhat GiantBritish Columbia, Canada
Eucalyptus regnans39113,800Still Sorrow
Tasmanian blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus)36813,000Rullah LongatyleTasmania
Coast Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)34912,300Red Creek FirBritish Columbia, Canada
Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis)33711,900Queets Spruce
Eucalyptus obliqua33711,900GothmogStyx Tall Trees FP, Tasmania
Eucalyptus delegatensis28610,100Styx River Valley

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